Former Perko’s site overhauled by workers to construct new Sierra Central Credit Union facility |

Former Perko’s site overhauled by workers to construct new Sierra Central Credit Union facility

The former home of Perko's and later Siena’s Cafe and Grill, located at 1000 Plaza Drive, is completely demolished by Foothill Construction workers on Monday. Workers will soon begin constructing a new facility for Sierra Central Credit Union on the same property.
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The building that will house the new Sierra Central Credit Union facility in Grass Valley’s Glenbrook Basin is undergoing a much bigger facelift than originally planned.

Instead of getting an exterior remodel, bank officials have decided to tear down the 1000 Plaza Drive structure and reconstruct it from the ground up.

“They ran into some issues when trying to erect some existing walls,” said Tom Last, Grass Valley’s Community Development Director.

Last said officials at the credit union believe it was more cost-effective to demolish the building.

A demolition permit was submitted along with the building permit in December, Last added.

Representatives of the financial facility came before the Grass Valley Development Review Committee in late October with a proposal to remodel the 3,946-square-foot former restaurant site.

The property was once occupied by Perko’s and then Siena’s Cafe and Grill, which shut down in August 2014.

The new facility is not far from the current location of the credit union, at 559 Sutton Way. Sierra Central Credit Union CEO John Cassidy told The Union in a previous story that the bank wanted to relocate to the new lot because it provides better visibility and ease of access for customers.

Once work is completed, the facility on Plaza Drive will house seven employees and serve the needs of around 5,000 Grass Valley customers, Cassidy said.

An ATM machine will be built on the exterior of the building as part of the project. In addition, the building will be equipped with a parking lot to its front and its south.

The building will embody elements that reflect the Gold Country theme of western Nevada County, something praised by Grass Valley officials during the October meeting to review the application.

According to Last, the applicant will retain the exterior design of the building proposed in their application when the structure is rebuilt.

As a result, it was not necessary for the applicant to go through further review by the city.

The new facility was slated to open in June or July of this year. It’s not clear at this point whether the new construction plan will have an impact on that schedule.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email

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